Leadership Resources

This webpage includes academic and practitioner resources about leadership. If you have reviewed resources and would like them to be shared with UWindsor's Leadership network, please send them to tbrunet@uwindsor.ca.

The Global Skills Gap in the 21st Century (Authors: Institute of Student Employers and QS Intelligent Unit)

This industry-style publication publishes findings from a survey that included business professionals to identify perceived gaps between graduate skills and employer expectations. According to this report, the top three skills employers want to see in graduates are problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. The report could do more to express how organizations and employers are training their employees to have these skills as not all degree programs are narrowly defined in their outcomes to work at specific organizations.

The Global Skills Gap in the 21st Century (pdf) 

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association has three publications of interest for campus employers. 


Dugan, J. P. (2017). Leadership theory: Cultivating critical perspectives. John Wiley & Sons.

Komives, S. R., & Dugan, J. P. (2014). Student leadership development: Theory, research, and practice.

Northouse, P. G. (2021). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage publications.

  • Leadership Theory and Practice is a seminal text for those who want to get an overview of leadership theory and its uses in practice. Northouse begins by sharing divergent definitions of leadership through history and then cycles through various leadership theories including (Trait Approach, Situational Approach, Path-Goal Theory, Psychodynamic Leadership, and more). Northouse includes a description and practical applications for each theory/approach. The book is accessible for upper-year undergraduate students and graduate students.

The International Leadership Organization hosts conferences, webinars, resources, network connections (practitioners and academics), and has memberships. The organization looks to bridge leadership theory with practice. The ILA board of directors come from the USA, the UK, Sweden, Japan, and Australia. The organization has existed since 1999.

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) began influencing leaders in intramural-recreational sports in 1950. The longstanding organization looks to provide learning and leadership experiences for students working in intramural-recreational sports. You can find opportunities for conferences, memberships and resources on their website and connect with leaders across the US and Canada. The resources are particularly strong for campus employers looking to incorporate a framework of learning outcomes in their programming. 

We are working to collate resources relevant to student leadership articles within the next few months.